- The pericardium was normal.
The heart weighed 370g and the atria and ventricles did not appear hypertrophic.
- All cardiac valves were normal.
- There was mild coronary atheroma with up to 20% narrowing in the left anterior descending coronary artery.
- Atheroma was present in the aorta and other large systemic arteries, none of which were significantly narrowed or aneurysmal.
- In the image, the opened length of the aorta shows changes consistent with mild atheroma. There are small areas of lighter tissue in the opened lumen, which are the beginnings of lipid plaques. However, at this stage there is virtually no risk of spontaneous plaque rupture, and this is often an incidental finding at autopsy.